Archives Month Speaker Series

The SNCA Archives Month committee is proud to present four virtual lunchtime talks this October.  Information about the events and how to register for them is below.  We look forward to having you join us!

"Tourism in the North Carolina High Country: Highlights from the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University" 

by Greta Browning of the Rhinehart Rare Book Collection on British History at Appalachian State University’s Special Collections Research Center

October 6, 2021, 12-1pm
Abstract: Tourism is currently a major industry in northwestern North Carolina, known as the “High Country,” and it has been growing ever since the early days of the development of resort towns such as Blowing Rock in the late nineteenth century.  This talk will discuss the history of tourist attractions such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mast General Store, and the Land of Oz through the lens of the rich archival and rare printed collections of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, a regional collection within the Special Collections Research Center at Appalachian State University.  Relive your childhood visits to High Country attractions, or just learn more to inform your next vacation!

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"Preserving the Past for the Future in the North Carolina Collection of the Forsyth County Public Library" 

by Karen Feeney of the North Carolina Collection at the Forsyth County Public Library (FCPL) in Winston-Salem

October 13, 2021, 12-1pm

Abstract: The past is ever present in Forsyth County owing to the rich history of the Moravians, whose settlements are preserved, and the industrialists who have left their legacy in parks, museums, and local lore. Winston-Salem is known as the City of Arts and Innovation for its artist and entrepreneurial supporting organizations and is a tourist destination for festival goers, nature lovers, museum enthusiasts, urban foodies, and history buffs. The North Carolina Collection preserves records and photographs of our citizens and provides a unique window into the heart of our county. This talk by NC Collection supervisor Karen Feeney will introduce you to collections of interest to both citizens and visitors to Forsyth County.  

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"'Do I Need a Ticket for This?' : Documenting and Supporting Tourism at the Outer Banks History Center" 

by Samantha Crisp, director of the Outer Banks History Center

October 20, 2021, 12-1pm

Abstract: The Outer Banks History Center in Manteo is deeply connected to the tourism industry in coastal North Carolina. The OBHC’s collections provide extensive documentation of the history of tourism on the NC coast from the 1830s to the present, with thousands of photographs and manuscripts either directly or indirectly related to the tourism industry. The OBHC also serves as a tourist destination itself and remains an integral part of the tourism industry currently by providing resources and support for articles, exhibits, events, displays, and other efforts on behalf of local organizations and businesses who aim to encourage tourism to the area. This talk by OBHC director Samantha Crisp will discuss all the ways in which the OBHC is integrated into North Carolina’s tourism industry, both historically and today.

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"Adventures in the stacks at the N.C. Government & Heritage Library: A Brief Tour of Travel and Tourism in North Carolina through State Government Publications" 

by Kelly Agan of the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library, part of the State Library of North Carolina

October 27, 2021, 12-1pm

Abstract:  Buckle-up for a fast-paced tour of the history of travel and tourism in North Carolina and related informational resources as we travel across the landscape of the state publications collection at the N.C. Government & Heritage Library (GHL). Part of the State Library of North Carolina, the GHL is the state’s official permanent depository for all North Carolina state publications. And among its collection of more than 100,000 volumes of print and digital government publications are numerous records relating to the history and development of the travel and tourism industry in the state. GHL librarian Kelly Agan will share the fascinating range of agencies and publications related to the industry, the research and informational value of the collection, as well as some of the more unique items and hidden gems. She will also share ways that the library can support researchers and how it provides access to the collection.

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